Perhaps the thing that most detracted from my enjoyment of the film was the Confederate bias. Of course Jackson was a southerner, so I guess I couldn't expect anything else. But I am most definitely a Yankee when it comes to my thinking about the Civil War. I don't care for books and films that make heros of the rebels.
Grampa Bill comments:
Without going into the merits of the Southren cause during the Recent Unpleasantness, (JWR seems somewhat sensitive on this issue, and I try to to offend the touchy. ;-) ) Stonewall Jackson was probably the greatest fighting general since Alexander the Great! With apologies to Julius Caesar, Big Al and Stonewall didn't let no woman get in their way when there was fightin' to be done!
It is, of course, debatable whether the South could have won even if Stonewall had not been killed. but I believe everyone will agree that it would have been a much closer contest.
Had the South won, I believe that the Church would be much smaller, not a world-wide religion, and limited primarily to the independent nation of Deseret comprised of the present Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta. That (not the righteousness of the northern cause) is probably why the Lord allowed the barbarians to prevail.
Grampa Bill in Savannah
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